How clever! My imagination doesn't run very deep I'm going to be watching for old floor lamps too. I see in your picture some other great things you have done. I have an old chandilier that I took some crystals off of and washed them up. Have no idea what I am going to use them for yet. But the chandilier is plastic, looks like metal, guess I could still put solar lights in them. Another project I'd like to try.
I just found solar lights at WalMart - 8 for $20 or so. I took one of the tops into Goodwill and found some vases that they fit perfectly. One of these on a pressed glass vase looks like a million. I was thinking a plain vase could have glass glued either inside or outside or the inside of the vase could be painted with glass paints.
By the way, I bought a lot of solar lights at Big Lots and none of them worked (since I'm in Mexico I couldn't drive 600 miles to return them). The WalMart lights are very nice and as cheap as any I've seen.
I have two chandeliers that I found discarded in LA that I'll be converting to solar.
Thanks to all who have contributed to these great ideas.
On my trip to Wal-Mart was in a hurry so didn't get to really check out the solar lights, but I know they have them now. DH complains I send too much time shopping around, but let them go into a place to look at tools and time stands still for them.
This chandelier's not solar, but I wanted to share anyway. DH got it on a giveaway bargain table at Lowe's---it's kinda frou-frou for me to use inside. So he turned it upside down, rewired it to go on the bottom of this outdoor ceiling fan, and put fluorescent bulbs in it, and hung it from the middle of our satelllite-dish gazebo.. It's gonna be perfect this summer when we want to sit outside in the evenings and read!
The solar idea is off the charts,You are on to something there,recycle and reuse.ive got one of those keepers too,he can fix or build anything,I will say i need a thingy here and a somthing there and when I get home from work there it is,he better live forever,after 33 yrs i wouldnt know what to do without him.
I bought this for $2.00 at our local thrift shop. It was a wal sconce, but I painted it black from gold and bent it to hang around a corner post, not my original idea, but works. Now looking for battery tapers that flicker.
This is my project. I have a solar fountain that we got on ebay and I am going to sink a container into it for the water to drop into so it will be easier to screen out debris than it would filling the whole tub, then I may put dirt around that and fish gravel on top and put trailing plants or something in that to spill out over.
this is the soon to be comode garden , I have flowers planted in it now ,dh drilled a hole in the bottom of the bowl so it would drain,going to be way too hot to work on that garden this week ...Iam lookin for a small claw foot tub too.The photo above of the sink its an old one complete with crome fawcet and handles,heavy porcelin on steel,it hung on the wall,which is amazing it is sooo heavy...
Hugger how funny, I have two comodes that I am trying to figure out where to put them and what to put in them. I want to put one by the tub but the other I am not sure. If I go to the salvage yard and find a sink I will get that too. I love that sink. The area is pretty.
I finally had to say NO to the solar lights for now, have so many treasures saved up for projects and DH said, "No, Peg, finish what you have at home first". He is so right, but I'm not about to tell him that.
How funny, we have solar lights that still work after 5 years but the part that breaks is the plastic part the goes in the ground. If you pull them up here in this clay soil and heat, the plastic breaks.
Iam having a good CHUCKLE ,I would love to move the DH out for just a week ,I could get soo much stuff done and go to work...He is the 1 that starts and never finishes and he is retired 10 yrs... AARRGG,Ive been waiting on a master bathroom 15yrs now,we own all the componets and have for 15 yrs...i could kill him if he wasnt soo good at doing all the little crap too!!! Iam too waiting on better solar lights,mine ars annoying to say the least,The hose is always flipping them off the stakes,I want some more lanterns that hang,dh is a tight wad, ours still work dont they ...I forgot to say the photo is projects in progress.I will probly be painting them inside,too hott and humid to finish them outside
Just wish DH would finish up ALL his projects and not worry about mine. I've waited years for things to get done too hellnz11, so when DH tells me he is going to finish up a small job I just smile and think to myself, don't hold your breath.
cool, I just put my dd's chihuahua down and am making her a memorial garden, I see the chi medallion mold. Her name was Cinderella so I will probably be looking for something Cinderella that would hold up outside for her garden.
fish-knees has the talent and imagination that we all can only wish we had. Or I do anyway. The pillows, the lamp, the stepping stones, the sleeping "angel" (?) It is a secret garden, magical. Thanks for the picture. Is all of your yard simular? What other perfectly clever things have you done? Will you share the ideas or would you call that plagerism?
fish,Yea mee too !! and the dh .Hey honey can you make this...or can you help me fix that. My gardens are very ecclectic,Iam collector of all things,love may clean up days to go crusing to find treasures..LOL DH drug home a fiber glass pool of sorts,havent had any brain storms yet,what to do with it..
Funny thing about the dh ooh he would have never drug stuff home yrs ago..He would have a fit if I said lets go alley crusing during cleanup days.NOW he will go without me !!!! Look back in this thread at my toilet and bath sink,he shocked me with the toilet...Hoping to work on that bed tomorrow.Ill have to post the fiber glass tub,its good sized. Hellnzn11 post a photo of it ,sounds cool.
I have two in my shed that someone gave me a couple of years ago, those 80's stock house chandeliers and her house was a million dollar house a couple of years ago, so they are probably a little nicer than the standard stock home chandeliers. There are black widows in our shed and I am not going in there now. I have such wind here, I would really have to figure out where to put it anyway so it did not fly off and decapitate someone. lol
New to the site, today. I am in love with fish knees garden. I would love to make the concrete pillows, but couldn't find the molds on ebay (per Katie) where else can I look? Fish knees you have a lovely garden!!!!
Okay ladies and gentlemen. I am new to this site since recently becoming retired. Am planning on learning how to grow stuff. Had a lot of questions for the new beginner gardening folk, and a TtT question. I'm in CA and those who answered are all in other states --go figure.
Anyway...I had an old chandelier hanging in my enclosed patio -old milk grass globes, painted it white, and was very happy. My friends persuaded me to change it to a ceiling fan with lights. Oh, okay. Donated my poor ole lamp to Battered Women and gave a floor lamp to my BF's mother, and am now rather embarrassed to say regretting those moves, since seeing all the ingenious solar lamps you've come up with. So off to the TS to see what I can find. Also, just purchased from e-bay (BTW- why do you all call it evil-bay?) two pillow molds. Figure if I can't grow anything colorful, maybe I can make something colorful for my dirt. Now like the rest of you, I have sooooooo many things to make, plant, buy...I will soon need to beg Wal-Mart to hire me as a greater. And please, ladies, stop ragging on your DH's. I lost the love of my life, my sole mate suddenly 23 yrs ago, he was only 49 and still miss him so much! He wasn't perfect, but so darn close there is absolutely no replacement. So, thank you again for all the ideas and the answers to my question re: gazing globes (which I haven't fixed yet). To busy 'shopping'! hehe I just Love Dave's Garden and all you folks!
keeping active you are right about complaining about our men, but some of it is just so easy because we are so different than them and it is frustrating but most is in good fun. Mine is a knuckle head but I love him. I understand why that would upset you.
Now on to your gardening. You should be able to grow anything in TO if you work your soil and add amendments to it.
I would be bummed too about what you gave away but you can always go to a thrift store and get one that may even be better. It was not meant to be.
Hey there fellow Californian. Thank you. I'll look up what soil amendments I need, and ask my new gardener to take care of it. I'm no longer physically able to crawl up and down the hills. On the front hill the landscaper/Gardener talked me into periwinkle, he said it would do great. However the hill in the front gets mostly sun all day, and never looks like it's getting enough water, dry looking in large patches. Same with lawn, and border. Maybe I'm not watering enough, I water everything 3 days a week for 20 minutes( 6 x20=120x3=6 hrs a week I'm watering.. I could send a kid to college with what my water bill is. On the back hill the periwinkle that the birds planted (I didn't plant any there) is doing well, it's growing under oleander trees, in the shade.
My apologies for getting on my soap box regarding your husbands...must be having 'one of those days'. And am probably jealous as all get out that ya all have one.
id gladly rent mine out,real cheap !!! He can fix anything or build it.Sorry to say I could use some alone time !!! i know I wont say that when he is gone!!!! ive never heard of Evil bay,but I could see why they might call it that ,you can get hooked on buying stuff,it is fun at times .I havent been working on any of my garden art lately,too hott and humid for painting.Glad you came to join us,you will love this place.
I noticed also there is alot of hubby bashing on this site, but it is only for fun and for bonding with the other girls. My husband of 45 years is wonderful to me. He never complains about me spending money, takes care of our kids aged 37-44, buys me jewelry if I want it (good jewelry!) And with all of that he still drives me crazy sometimes. Totally. But 'you cannot buy milk in a hardware store" and it is man's nature to be confused and trying like heck to be "king of the mountain" even if he does not qualify. I let him pretend to be and he seems content and so am I.
fishknees really does have a wonderful garden ! Just to see pictures of are great, but it makes me wish I were there in person. Those pillows worked up a storm here. Now we alll want some ! I bought some twisted bamboo about 8 ft high at Micheals Hobby store and just stuck them in the ground in my shade garden. They are dyed red and it is just a little touch of interest. I like how it looks and so far it has stood through several storms.
I think Huggergirl has the right answer on why ebay gets called evil bay.
A caution to all of the newest folk amongst us here: we are all enablers and will encourage you to find and accumulate all kinds of silly stuff so that you can put together amazingly beautiful and cheap things
Can I have an Amen to that. Oh Active Vinca major will not grow in our heat well in full sun, it likes filtered light or part shade in the afternoons and does ok, with limited water if it is in a shady spot, but in full sun, you will go broke trying to keep it. One transplanted piece from your bad sunny spot, to your shadier areas will take off and spread like wildfire in a year or 18 mo. Also the big Algerian Ivy is a good partner to it or in a similarly lit area.
I guess Ill have to start saving to have it replaced. Darn I just had them do it 2 yrs ago it and as the hill is about 20 ft tall by just over 100 ft long, I'll be saving for awhile. Oh, maybe I'll get a couple hundred umbrellas in pretty colors and stick them all over the hill. Now, won't that look cool. Folks could come by and have a look. Did you hear or remember about the guy (can't remember his name) that put up all those extremely huge yellow umbrellas around Lancaster/Palmdale years ago? The man whose fiancée was killed by one when it blew over now lives at the end of the cul-de-sac. Real nice guy, bought the house with his 'settlement'..
For those of you in Ca. and near LA, when I visit my friend who lives in Beverly Hills, almost on the LA border, I love to walk the alleys when I'm here. Lots of people put things out, often nicely boxed bup, because they know people like me come through looking for treasure. Ii've found boxes of shoes and other clothing, children's bikes and other toys, furniture and planters. The week or two after Christmas are especially recommended though I have never been here then. I have found several discarded chandeliers which we are gradually converting into solar lights.
Well golly. I live here and I didn't know BH's even had alleys. Used to work at Sunset & Doheny many years ago and always enjoyed driving up Sunset and watching the gardeners, maids and nanny's. I'm going to call my friend, he's a doctor; we used to work together and see if he has any alleys around him, and just might pay him a visit. It only 40 miles.
lol I like to junk in alleys of historic homes or neighborhoods with a lot of long time residences, because often they pass away and the kids don't want all their parents junk and antiques that don't go with their tastes, and often only have a few days of bereavement. My friend and I used to call dibs from way far away from what we thought was gold only to find out it was not sometimes.
South Beverly Hills looks pretty much like north Los Angeles; the border is only marked by street signs. This is NOT the Beverly Hills of huge gated estates. This area has lots of alleys. If you drive a beat-up old van like I do you get to meet lots of Beverly Hills policemen but so far not the one that ZaaZaa hit whom I told fully had it coming. But I digress. South Beverly Hills has lots of alleys which often have good stuff in them, left out for treasure hunters like us.
In addition to what I mentioned above I've also found tile (large whole ones), windows (with glass still in them) and an oak desk which the men who were done using it in a garage while they remodeled the house, helped load in my van. They offered me a bunch of concrete roof tiles but I couldn't spare the space for them in m y van.
The dumps in Mexico are still open and I go there to find blue (and other) bottles, washing machine tubs and whatever other goodies are there. Lots of old tires have found a new home on my arroyo.
For those of you new to this madness check out http://www.tirecrafting.com. I often see free tires with wheels on http://www.craigslist.org when I'm not close enough to get them. Sometimes I write to the posting person and tell them about tirecrafting. Ii've even gotten a thank you note or two.
My friend Tony who works for me and I have a friendly rivalry to see who can faind a use for something the other one was going to discard.
katie,Iam jealous !!!! your in pickers heaven,I love that show American pickers !!! juneybug has hit the nail on the head ,we are enablers and we love it !!!! We had an old dump and it was soo fun picking ,its long gone now.Id love to go picking more often!!!
Can;'t miss American Pickers, my kind of people. All new ones coming up this fall, can't wait. My neighbors don't know what pack rats moved into their neighborhood. Almost impossible to get my back yard back from DH. What he can't get in the garage and shed just sits in the yard. Put up a large canopy for me to use as a potting shed, ya well I can't get in there now. I don't see any pots either.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKtlK7sn0JQ&NR=1 This is our theme song! Even bought peacock feathers, a Lincoln Townecar and Italian Suits, ties, shoes, lights, firplaces, electronics , chadeliers, now maybe make my own stone with molds,LOL.
This thread has a life of it's own now. I finally bought something and painted it for ourdoors so I bought other paint for this project and if it was not such a miserable heat wave I would have started painting one of the chandeliers already.
My husband loves the metal 6 ft wine wrack I bought and painted for an outdoor plant stand. I bought 99 cent store colenders and put the straw swamp cooler pad material, which I cut into strips inside to line the colender baskets and filled like hanging baskets. The pads are like 3 bucks and are meant to retain water, they are dense and have mesh holding them together, so you just cut in strips and line the baskets. If you need more mulch for the top of the basket, extra straw falls out when you are cutting the strips, just tuck it in pockets where dirt may spill out while watering and put on top to help hold soil in and water too.
Someone did a globe like it has with crushed windshield mosaic. The globe I have is white. Can't use it over the kitchen table or as a pot rack. Someone suggested painting it rose colored for my AZ room to go between my chairs.(to bring out my colors) I could put crystal or rose garlands on it. Even hang tassels if I wanted. Would love to find some teapot tassels. Might not mind the white globe so much. It would go in between these chairs. Even sage green might look good or one color as base, then another and sand off parts.
you might spray paint the globe with a TRANSPARENT paint to give it some color.. something the will let the light shine thru but get rid of the white.. before twinkle lights came in colors I would paint them with nail polish to give them color when lit.. same idea only bigger!
Hi y'all! Some very interesting reading on here indeed! I guess the term "treasure hunters" sounds much better than "dumpster divers" huh? I have to admit that I've found some nifty things from the large trash bins in an apt complex that my daughter used to live in. One time I found a wood chair that I will eventually "refinish" but for now it sits in front of my sewing machine. The same day I also found a "twig style" wrought iron candle holder that will hold 5 candles. I have that sitting on top of my entertainment center. When I mentioned my 'great finds' to my daughter, all she said was "Oh My God Mother!" Years ago I even found a full bag of cat litter in back of a grocery store, took it since I had 2 cats.
Where I live now, in a mobile home park, people are always putting stuff out near the trash areas. I got a corner shelf stand that is brown right now, but will probably disassemble it & repaint another color. Yep, I find all kinds of nifty things now & then. I'll only take it if I know I will actually use it for something. Will check back on here later...catch y'all later!
It looks great! It seemed like a hot summer and turning too cold already. I made myself go outside today though. I've moved all my succulents into the AZ room. I think they are going to stay there. Tired of moving things around. Spruced up my window boxes. What new things have you done Fishknees? Been a long while since I've been on. I have a new project. What to put on top of an old singer sewing base in my eating area corner. I would like storage.